|Romanesque bell tower, Saint-Aignan Church|
When we walked in we noticed there was a lovely draft running through the church. The south transept door was open to create the breeze. Right next to it was a chapel which received barely a mention anywhere. It was covered with dark jewel-coloured paintings on the vaulted ceilings and walls. The paintings looked to be late 14th/early 15th century which pretty much ties in with the style of the vaulting. Among the most interesting were two paintings depicting demons and angels and the struggle for souls. Both radiated a feeling of life and energy.
|Archangel Michael attacking a demon while souls cling to his legs|
One of the Archangel Michael's functions was to protect the souls of the newly dead from the devil. His other duty was to weigh up the souls at the Last Judgement, which is shown in the other painting.
|souls being weighed|
In both, as was normal for the times, the souls are depicted as small naked child-like figures.
The collegiate church of Saint-Aignan certainly did not disappoint, even though it left us with cricks in our respective necks! Apologies for the quality of the photos, but the paintings are fairly dark and not that easy to photograph. As always if you click on the photographs you can enlarge them to see more detail.